Chestnut-eared araçari at Pouso Alegre in Brazil’s northern Pantanal. Belonging to the same family as toucans, araçaries have equally impressive bills.
It is not known exactly why these birds evolved to have such an extravagant appendage, but one of its benefits is the all-important energy conservation. Feeding primarily on fruit, the birds can park themselves in a fruiting tree and reach for fruit from their perch without the need of hopping around.
Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil